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Eric Peterson, Published October 29 2013

Robinson's kick sparks Cobbers to win over Macalester

MOORHEAD – Liz Robinson booted Concordia back to the top of the conference standings Tuesday at the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex.

Robinson scored on a penalty kick in the second overtime to lift the Cobbers to a 1-0 victory against Macalester in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer.

“I was just so happy and then turning around and seeing my teammates with smiles on their faces,” said Robinson, who has a team-high 13 goals this season.

Concordia (11-5-1, 7-2-1 MIAC) moved to the top of the conference with 22 points with the dramatic victory.

Macalester (11-4-1, 7-3) and St. Benedict (12-2-1, 7-2) are tied for second with 21 points. St. Ben’s has two MIAC matches remaining, including a Saturday matchup at Concordia.

Both the Cobbers and Macalester have one league game remaining. Concordia can earn its second consecutive league title with a win Saturday.

“They know it’s in their hands,” Cobbers head coach Kevin Roos said. “So I’m excited for them.”

Robinson drew a foul in the penalty area less than 90 seconds into the second overtime. On the play, Robinson was trying to speed around a Macalester defender and cut toward the middle of the goal area from the left wing.

However, Robinson was upended as she tried to clear the defense.

“I did think I was going to have a pretty good opportunity,” Robinson said. “That defender made the right decision to try and stop it. It was a hard call, but I think the ref made the right one.”

That set the stage for the penalty kick. Robinson buried the ball in the upper left side of the net, setting off a Concordia celebration.

“It’s good to see somebody step up, ready to hit it with confidence,” Roos said of Robinson. “She has a lot of confidence in her finishing so we knew that she would take it.”

Both teams were unable to convert quality chances earlier in the game. Scots senior forward Georgia Cloepfil hit the post less than five minutes into the game on an attempt from seven yards out.

With less than seven minutes to play in the second half, Robinson hit the crossbar off a free kick from 30 yards out.

“We fought through a tough game,” Robinson said. “Macalester is a really good opponent.”

Macalester had its eight-game winning streak halted. Concordia rebounded from a 2-1 loss at Carleton last Saturday.

“The girls knew that they had to do it,” Roos said. “We kind of dug a hole over the weekend. It was great just to see us respond.”

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.


SECOND OVERTIME: 1, CC, Robinson (pk) 101:11.

SAVES: MAC, Palmquist 1. CC Bitzan 5.

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